This interactive, conversational virtual conference will help participants learn more about how to support patients and clients with understanding:
"What It Means to Grow Old" - Understanding how our body "ages" is important for us to know as we grow older. It is necessary to recognize what is "normal aging" and when one is truly having physical and/or mental health issues associated with aging. This webinar will review the "normal" processes of aging; the physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes that each of us experience. The interactive effects of aging will be discussed, emphasizing prevention and approaches to ensure a healthy, happy and engaged older age.
"Aging, Mental Health and Chronic Illness" - As we age there is an increased risk of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and arthritis. What most individuals don't realize is that most "chronic illnesses" are preventable. Individuals who suffer from chronic illnesses also have an increased risk in mental health issues, most commonly depression. All of these issues impact how well we age. This presentation will discuss the risks of chronic illness and co-morbid mental health issues, their symptoms, prevention and how to manage both. Evidenced-based practices for healthy aging will be reviewed. Keys to "aging well" will be emphasized.
- Identify the demographics and effects of an "aging population"
- Describe the emotional and physical challenges of growing older
- Compare the difference between "normal" age-related change and the impact of chronic illness
- Identify the physical changes associated with aging that can place the older adult at high risk for cognitive and behavioral health issues
- Discuss the interconnections between chronic disease's such as diabetes, cardiac disease and arthritis and mental health
- Compare the impact of the treatment of mental illness and its effect on these chronic diseases
- Critique evidenced based practices for integrative mental and physical healthcare
- Explain the importance of practicing "healthy behaviors", participating in preventative care, and being social engaged
By attending this conference, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors and Therapists and ALL Certified Dementia Practitioners and Certified Senior Advisors can earn 4.0 CEUs. There is a $30 fee for 4.0 CEUs.
Sponsored By: AHEC West, in partnership with the Geriatrics & Gerontology Education & Research (GGEAR) Program and the University of Maryland, Baltimore
Cost: $0-$60.00 (see Learn More and Register link below for full pricing details)